Top NCAA Football Bowl Picks of the Week – December 17th

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 17, 2018 in

Bowl games move along this week. After a nice day of games on Saturday, here some of the best games and the latest odds for the upcoming week. Be sure to check back for the lines right before placing your NCAA Football Bowl Picks.

Top NCAA Football Bowl Picks of the Week – December 17th

Houston over Army

I’ll take Houston to cover their spread against Army. The Cougars have been on a roll to end the season and they have more than a few play-makers on their squad that can blow a game wide open. Few teams in the country play as a unit better than Army, and few have more willpower, but they are often over-matched athletically. That will be the case in this one. Houston will only have to travel to Fort Worth, while Army will have to travel halfway across the country to play this one, a defacto home game for the Cougars. I’ll take Houston to win 28 – 20 in this one.

Florida Atlantic over Toledo

I’ll take Florida International to win in their matchup as well. Lane Kiffin has shown to be a competent coach at the college level. Given a few extra weeks of practice and preparation, I think his team could compete with some of the better mid major teams in the county. Toledo has a high powered offense, but I think the strategy edge goes to FIU. I’ll predict a final score of 34 – 28 in this one, with the Owls on top.

Memphis over Wake Forest

I like what Memphis has been able to do down the stretch. They will play Wake Forest and I’ll expect great things from them, in particular, their offense. They looked great in their conference championship. Now let’s see if they can hang with an ACC team. Wake Forest has not had the season that would make a casual ACC fan jump for joy, but for someone who has followed them, they have been impressive. I just don’t see them hanging in this one against Memphis through four quarters. If I had to guess, I’d say the Tigers will beat the Demon Deacons by a score of 37 – 28.

Ohio over San Diego State

I like Ohio in their matchup against San Diego State. Typically MAC teams fare pretty well against Mountain West opponents. Ohio has been pretty consistent all year long and that shows with the 2.5 point favor by the Westgate Superbook coming into this game. I think the game won’t be as close as Westgate expects.

San Diego State shouldn't be one of your NCAA Football Bowl Picks for this week.

I’ll take the Bobcats to show dominance over San Diego State from the first whistle. I’ll take them to win by ten points of more. In fact, I’ll predict a final score of 24 – 10 with Ohio showing why they belonged to be there.

BYU over Western Michigan

Just as much as I like the MAC team in the previous matchup, I like the Mountain West team in this one. I’ll take BYU to top Western Michigan. They are currently 12.5 point favorites by the spread and I truly believe it in this case. I think the game will end with a 31 – 17 finish with BYU on top after flexing early and often. Western Michigan is capable of making it a game, but I think the Cougars will be just a bit too much to handle.

Have a great week, enjoy the games and good luck with your NCAA Football Bowl Picks!